Feline Lyme Disease
Feline Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, the same bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans. It is transmitted to cats through the bite of an infected tick.
Lyme disease is uncommon in cats, but it is becoming more common. This is likely due to the increasing number of ticks in the environment.
The most common symptoms of Lyme disease in cats include:
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Facial paralysis
- Kidney problems
- Heart problems
If you think your cat may have Lyme disease, it is important to take them to the vet for diagnosis and treatment. The vet will likely examine your cat and perform a physical exam. They may also take a sample of your cat's blood or urine for testing.
Treatment for Lyme disease in cats usually involves antibiotics. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the infection.
With prompt treatment, most cats with Lyme disease make a full recovery. However, some cats may experience long-term health problems, such as arthritis or kidney disease.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent Lyme disease in your cat, including:
- Keep your cat indoors as much as possible.
- If your cat does go outside, make sure they are wearing a flea and tick collar or topical treatment.
- Check your cat for ticks regularly, especially after they have been outside.
- Remove any ticks immediately.
- If you find a tick on your cat, do not squeeze it. This can force the bacteria into your cat's bloodstream.
- If you are concerned about Lyme disease, talk to your veterinarian.